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EFCC As An Appendage Of Any Govt In Power

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Nigeria News takes a look at the EFCC as an appendage of any government in power.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo may have done well in creating the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and ICPC, the anti-graft agencies have virtually become the appendages of any government in power.

It is being used as a weapon to persecute opposition instead of fighting corruption and this has adversely affected the democratic process in Nigeria.

It may sound mild that the successive leaders have lacked the political will to enable the EFCC and ICPC to act independently without government interference, it is clear that they do so to cage their opponents.

Obasanjo created these bodies but later abused it, judging by his dictatorial leadership, which of course his successors, excluding late President Umoru Musa Yar’adua also emulated.

The anti-graft agencies became a tool in the hands of former President Goodluck Jonathan. A regime that was pocketed by the first lady, Patience Jonathan who allegedly looted public funds but was never investigated by the EFCC or ICPC.

Despite that the former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison Madueke diverted billions of public funds into her private accounts, EFCC treated her like a saint.

Of course, Patience and Diezani are being investigated now by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, there are some corrupt public officials in this administration that are being treated as sacred cows by the anti-graft agencies.

There are public officials who have got questions to answer but because they have joined APC, they suddenly become freemen until the president signals their arrest and prosecution. Invariably the EFCC has no autonomy. It is an appendage of any government in power.

Just a few days ago, the outgoing Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha cried out that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is planning to use EFCC to torment him.

Okorocha is a suspended member of APC. He once complained about how the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole chased him out of his office, using the operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS).

As a matter of fact, he is no more a member of APC for now and going to Oshiomhole’s office will look like gate crashing.

Recall, Okorocha made the party to lose the governorship election in Imo to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of his anti-party activities in which he raised a candidate from AA against APC.

One can easily deduce, going by Oshiomhole’s statement that alleged corrupt politicians could join APC so that their sins would be forgiven.

The purpose with which these anti-graft agencies were created had since been defeated. The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu was not approved by the Senate. Twice, his name was forwarded to the Senate by President Buhari but was rejected.

Despite the Senate disapproval, the presidency insisted that Magu would remain as the EFCC head so that he could do the bidding of the APC.

It will take a strong leader, not even Buhari to solve the problem of corruption. Buhari’s rating on integrity and fight against corruption is dwindling by the day as members of the public are beginning to see the weak part of the president as another leader who compromises.

But he attributes his inability to take a stance on some issues to slow democratic process.

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